Tour guide Helgi Guðmundsson is calling on tourists to respect warning signs and not put themselves in unnecessary danger following an incident yesterday he wishes he had not seen.
Photo: Helgi Guðmundsson.
Helgi told RÚV that he witnessed a group of tourists leaving the pathway next to Gullfoss waterfall yesterday—a footpath which is marked with a rope fence—and all the way to the cliff edge above the waterfall.
“They took no notice of the warning signs and climbed over the chain which had been edging the footpath because of the risk of accident,” Helgi says, adding that the people were in very clear danger.
Spray from the waterfall is constantly being thrown up which, at this time of year, creates an icy sheet across the rocks sloping down to the canyon edge. It is very easy for people to miss their footing and if that happens it is very likely they will not be able to stop themselves falling over the edge.
Helgi says that the situation is made worse by the fact that there are often snow overhangs at the edge which can break and fall with little warning when walked on. In addition to this, there is often strong wind in the canyon and gusts can easily push people off balance.
Only good fortune and the kindness of God will bring people back from the edge if something goes wrong, Helgi asserts.
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